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Ha Ha Tonka State Park is a Little Wonderland!

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A May 2006 trip to Camdenton by MCJ graduate

Water Tower at Ha Ha Tonka State Park Photo, Camdenton, Missouri More Photos
Quote: Karst topography, The Savanna Natural Area and the Castle Ruins is what will mesmerize you here!

Ha Ha Tonka State Park is a Little Wonderland!

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Overview

Water Tower at Ha Ha Tonka State Park Photo, Camdenton, Missouri
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Many people have been enthused with the Niangua (now known as Ha Ha Tonka State Park). Native Americans, the Boones (Daniel and his son Nathan), settlers, wealthy Kansas City businessman, Robert M. Snyder, and now visitors of this park are mesmerized with this lovely region.Missouri has dubbed Ha Ha Tonka State Park as its “Karst Showcase.” Visitors will be taken back by the quality and number of its magnificent geological features. The natural bridge here is 70 feet wide, spans 60 feet and reaches more than 100 feet into the air. “The Colosseum” is a deep-sided sinkhole that measures 500 feet long and 300 feet wide. The Whispering Dell sink basin is 150 feet deep with two bluff shelters-“Cou...Read More

Ha Ha Tonka State Park

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Attraction | "Castle Ruins and its History at Ha Ha Tonka State "

Ha Ha Tonka State Park Photo, Camdenton, Missouri
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This attraction is seen by nearly a half-million people per year. Although it is not a natural wonder in the Ha Ha Tonka State Park, this attraction is probably considered the unofficial symbol of this park. If you can’t hike the more moderate or rugged trails to see the geological formations here, I recommend you take the Castle Trail to view the castle ruins. You will not be disappointed. The three-and-a-half story stone mansion’s ruins will mesmerize you. You can still see the grandeur this mansion had in its day, and the thought out design the architect and the owner, Mr. Robert Snyder, had for it. But on a sour note, to think that mule teams had to drag up both stones and timber from the...Read More

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Ha Ha Tonka State Park
1491 State Road D
Camdenton, Missouri 65020
(573) 346-2986

Ha Ha Tonka State Park

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Attraction | "Castle Ruins and its History at Ha Ha Tonka State "

Ha Ha Tonka State Park Photo, Camdenton, Missouri
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In spite of Snyder’s sons completing the task of finishing their father’s dream home, these men encountered a few problems along the way to keep the family home. One was that these men were forced to sell Snyder’s natural gas supply to Eastern interests. Another was the long drawn out legal battle between Union Electric and themselves. They sued this company when it began to plan and build Bagnell Dam/ Lake of the Ozarks. They did this in order to prevent it from flooding a portion of their land. But the Snyder family lost the suit and their financial means was exhausted. In addition, the Great Depression hit. As a result, the family leased their vacation home out as a hotel. It was when it w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 9, 2006

Ha Ha Tonka State Park
1491 State Road D
Camdenton, Missouri 65020
(573) 346-2986

Ha Ha Tonka State Park

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Attraction | "Hiking at Ha Ha Tonka State Park"

Ha Ha Tonka State Park Photo, Camdenton, Missouri
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Ha Ha Tonka State Park is a hiker’s dream. Here hikers are exposed to 15 miles of trails in the park. They range from paved walkways to rugged trails and everything in between. Hikers can select different views of what they want to see. For example, they could go on trails to see Lake of the Ozarks, Ha Ha Tonka Spring, sinkholes, the natural bridge, large boulders, savanna habitat, and open woodlands. We were on a time restraint and I could only do the castle trail because of my knees. However, Sharon did hike a couple of trails without me. We walked the Castle Trail together. It is ¼ mile each way. This trail overlooks near the castle and provides views of Ha Ha Spring and the Lake o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 9, 2006

Ha Ha Tonka State Park
1491 State Road D
Camdenton, Missouri 65020
(573) 346-2986

Ha Ha Tonka State Park

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Attraction | "Hiking at Ha Ha Tonka State Park , Part III"

Ha Ha Tonka State Park Photo, Camdenton, Missouri
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Colosseum Trail is ½ mile long. This trail starts at the natural bridge parking area. It wraps under the natural bridge and through a large sinkhole called the Colosseum. This trail is a moderate terrain. Sharon hiked part of this trail and took pictures of the natural bridge and other scenery here. The natural bridge here is 70 feet wide, spans 60 feet and reaches more than 100 feet into the air. “The Colosseum” is a deep-sided sinkhole that measures 500 feet long and 300 feet wide.Spring Trail is 1.5 miles long. This trail begins at the spring/lake parking area. The one-way distance to the spring is one-half mile, which the majority of is paved. However, there are wooden stairs that...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 9, 2006

Ha Ha Tonka State Park
1491 State Road D
Camdenton, Missouri 65020
(573) 346-2986

Ha Ha Tonka State Park

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Attraction | "Hiking at Ha Ha Tonka State Park , Part II"

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The following trails can be reached by parking at the lot East of Highway D, between the park’s castle and the spring entrances:Oak Savanna Interpretive Trail is 450 feet long. This trail is accessible with four interpretive stops.Acorn Trail is 3/4 mile long. In order to maintain this open woodland there is prescribed burning done here. You can pick up a brochure and there are eight interpretive stops that can give further information about this savanna natural area. This trail has moderate terrain.Devil’s Kitchen Trail is one mile long. You can see amazing geologic wonders here such as the Devil’s Promenade. But also it has another small natural bridge/shelter located at the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 9, 2006

Ha Ha Tonka State Park
1491 State Road D
Camdenton, Missouri 65020
(573) 346-2986

Ha Ha Tonka State Park

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Attraction | "River Cave at Ha Ha Tonka State Park"

Ha Ha Tonka State Park Photo, Camdenton, Missouri
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Sharon went to the River Cave Area and took some pictures. This cave is yet another cave leftover from the once bigger cave system within Ha Ha Tonka State Park. It is situated at the bottom of a sinkhole and creates a surface stream. This cave and the stream here head 700 feet towards Ha Ha Tonka Spring. This is before the passage narrows to a size where no human can no longer enter it. For the Ha Ha Tonka Spring, this stream is one source of it. Even though this cave isn’t that long, it possesses a small natural bridge and a gorgeous stalagmite column. And if you are here during the winter time, you may see some intriguing ice formations here. These are usually located at the entrance to the cave ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 9, 2006

Ha Ha Tonka State Park
1491 State Road D
Camdenton, Missouri 65020
(573) 346-2986

Ha Ha Tonka State Park

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Attraction | "The Nature of the Area of Ha Ha Tonka State Park"

Ha Ha Tonka State Park Photo, Camdenton, Missouri
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I guess if I had to explain to an upcoming visitor to this park, what to expect to see at Ha Ha Tonka State Park, I would group the subject matter under four topics: Karst topography, trails that lead visitors to beautiful scenery, The Savanna Natural Area and the castle ruins (the castle ruins of the turn-of-the-century stone mansion which was built by a wealthy Kansas City businessman).This park has a 70-acre Karst Natural Area. Concerning the karst topography, you have the option to take the various trails to see the prime examples of it. From caves and natural bridges to sinkholes and bluffs, all of these natural wonders are the result of the collapse of underground caverns in ancient tim...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 9, 2006

Ha Ha Tonka State Park
1491 State Road D
Camdenton, Missouri 65020
(573) 346-2986

Ha Ha Tonka State Park

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Attraction | "The Nature of the Area of Ha Ha Tonka State Park, "

Ha Ha Tonka State Park Photo, Camdenton, Missouri
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Ha Ha Tonka State Park also has another natural area besides the Karst Natural Area. And it is the 953-acreage called “The Savanna Natural Area.” The Savanna Natural Area is a grand example of pre-settlement landscape. Here you will find a savanna mosaic. A savanna mosaic that consists of oak trees, prairie grasses, wildflowers, open rocky glades and valley woodlands. What is nice about this park is that you can take a 7-mile backpack trail that winds through a lot of this area, so visitors can have an easy access to explore it.The Savanna Natural Area is often used in a variety of ways. It is used as a model, a site for workshops, field trips and for research by organizations throughout the M...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 9, 2006

Ha Ha Tonka State Park
1491 State Road D
Camdenton, Missouri 65020
(573) 346-2986

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Going to the visitor center and park office is a great way to start a wonderful day at Ha Ha Tonka State Park. The visitor center is an outdoor interpretive area which is near the park office. You will see a large relief map of the park carved out of stone. But park brochures, trail maps and interpretive material are in the park office. The park office also sells Ha Ha Tonka State Park souvenirs which include, T-shirts, books, postcards, back packs, etc. This area has really nice restroom facilities too. When we were at the park office, both workers that were present were very kind and helpful. In fact, this place has a naturalist on staff to answer any questions concerning nature. I think t...Read More

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